Thursday, March 8, 2012

What I've Been Reading

Home Education
The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
The Well Educated Mind by the same
The History of the Medieval World - SWB again.

I'm finding some interesting areas of agreement with SWB when it comes to Grades 9-12. Less in terms of subject choice, more in terms of a philosophy of education for young people. 

All Clear and Blackout by Connie Willis
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten and First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood
The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst.
Good Evening, Mrs Craven:The War Time Stories of Molly Panter-Donnes
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Soldier's Wife by Joanna Trollope

OK, well, I didn't say it was literary fiction!


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won't Stop Talking
Raising Free Thinkers by Dale McGowan
Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from Consumer Culture
Microbusiness Independence by Anna Hess
Housework Blues - A Survival Guide by Danielle Raine
lol...OMG! What Every Student Needs to Know by David Bohnett

Quiet is my non-fiction book of 2012! It's the first book I can say has literally changed the way I see myself and the choices I make. If you are an introvert, or you know and love an introvert, you need to read this...Radical Homemakers was intriguing, but I  disagree with so much that it needs its own post.

For Book Club

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Lucy and I listened to a BBC dramatisation of The Crucible. It was wonderful. It reminded me how much I've always loved this play.

Read Alouds

Lucy and I have almost made it through A Girl of the Limberlost. It's taken a while. So much melodrama to wade through!

Beowulf adapted by Michael Morpurgo - read along with SOTW

SOTW - Medieval Times - This is the third time I've used this book and I'm happy that Snowy is enjoying it.

The Wandering Wombles
Encyclopedia Brown
Moominsummer Madness
On the Banks Of Plum Creek
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Nanny Piggins and the Pursuit of Justice
A Dog on Barkham Street

They are all Snowy's books and the Moomins need their own post too.  I know we've read more but I can't remember what! I know on his own he's been reading a lot of Big Nate books. And a Pokemon book. Sigh. It's all reading, right ?

Coloured titles are courtesy of Arwen. I'd like to tell you what she's been reading at school, but it seems school doesn't 'do' books. Yes. That does make me mad.


  1. I'm so envious of all your reading.

    Why can't I find more time to read?

    Then again, I don't think I could keep that many stories straight in my head :)

  2. Could we call the Jasper Fforde books literary fiction? Fiction about literature?

    I'm jealous too...

  3. Sure, I'm good with that :) Now you can see why I don't have time for further study, helping out at school or paid work...I spend all my time reading!

  4. Quiet is also one of my *best* picks so far this year. I've been quoting and recommending to others too!